Poe Valley State Park, Coburn

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#72 of 95 in Nature in Pennsylvania
Poe Valley State Park is a 620acre Pennsylvania state park in Penn Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is surrounded by Bald Eagle State Forest. Poe Paddy State Park is to the east. The forests of the park surround the 25acre Poe Lake. Poe Valley State Park is in isolated Poe Valley which lies between Potters Mills on U.S. Route 322 and Millheim on Pennsylvania Route 45. The park was closed during the 2008 and 2009 season while the lake was drained for dam repairs and the park facilities were upgraded.HistoryPoe Valley State Park and nearby Poe Paddy State Park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The young men of the CCC also worked to clear the regrowing forests of brush to prevent forest fires. They constructed roads throughout the forests, built state park facilities, constructed bridges on the state roads, planted trees for reforestation, and cleaned streams.
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  • August 3, 2017
    This place is definitely remote but it's worth the trek. There are plenty of picnic tables, a nice sized beach area, a fun playground and even canoe and paddle boat rentals! There is a snack bar and t...  more »
  • March 20, 2017
    I know this are well. I used to live in Bellefonte, PA which was about 10 miles from here. I spent a lot of time driving on the roads into and out of the park. In my opinion, you haven't really learne...  more »
  • December 5, 2016
    Yes you have to drive on dirt roads to get there but it is worth it. Choose this state park to detox from the electronic world by putting away your cell phone and lifting your head to view a lovely la...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Tons of hours of free entertainment here. Small beach which is great for the kids. Plenty of places to go fishing. Nicely taken care of restroom areas. Small ice cream stand and canoe rentals. Just a great time for a cheap trip.
  • July 2, 2017
    Nice park. Not set up well for those with pets. Very nice for families with kids.
  • June 4, 2017
    Very nice campground! Sites were a little small, but we weren't right on top of the neighbors. The bathhouse was well maintained and in good shape.
  • July 1, 2017
    Food/watercraft concession great! Fair prices, great food & the best service around.
  • March 20, 2017
    This used to be part of my stomping grounds. I lived in Bellefonte, PA. I used to enjoy driving on all of the dirt roads in and out of the park. I even camped at 7mts Scout Camp which along the main road into the park going from 322. So if you are going in from that way, especially in the summer when summer camp is running, watch out for kids crossing and walking up and down the road. I've been to Poe Paddy through the railroad tunnel. I enjoyed fishing in the lake at Poe Valley. Our Boy Scout Troop would camp here once a year in tents. I used to know every road and every trail their and could find at least 6 different ways into the park. I may have even known more. I left the area 14 years ago. But one thing I can say. You have never really learned to drive until you've driven on loose gravel roads at 40-50MPH.

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